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Putting Students First Coalition Presents a Community School Budget Forum

Get the real facts. Learn about an alternative SCUSD Budget from Making Cents Work that puts students first!

Students Bear the Consequences of the School Closure Vote

Today's Bee editorial lauds the SCUSD board of education for "tough but wise" decision" on schools closures because the district needed to close schools because of shrinking enrollment. While it is true that the district has too many schools for its enrollment, the objections many had with these school closures was the process. It was too hasty, used questionable data about school capacity, had no plan in place for student safety and  engaged the public after the fact. In short, it did not follow best practices recommended by the California Dept. of Education.

The Fight to Save Our Schools Begins Today

It's not just a school, it's a community that will be lost. Parents trust that teachers and staff will act in the best interests of their children to look after them and to teach them for 6 hours a day. It's a stressful and scary situation for a parent to lose the school that is your child's safe haven.
 

Sacramento City district trustees vote to close seven schools

By Melody Gutierrez

Trustees in the Sacramento City Unified School District voted 4-3 to close seven schools at the end of this school year after a lengthy school board meeting Thursday night.

Putting Students First Rally and March

Join parents students and community members for the rally and march to prevent the closure of eleven SCUSD elementary schools.
Gather at 4:30 for a press event at the
Boys and Girls Club
5212 Lemon Hill Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824
 
Then march to the Serna Center nearby.

Hundreds to Rally to Stop School Closures

Sacramento Community Stands United Against Closures Prior to Vote on February 21
 
SACRAMENTO, CA –  The Putting Students First (PSF) Coalition will host a rally and press conference on Wednesday, February 20 to stand united against the proposed closure of 11 elementary schools. Led by Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), the PSF Coalition is a diverse community of stakeholders including parents, teachers, advocates and students.
 

Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education Releases Statement Opposing Closure of 11 Sacramento City Unified Elementary Schools; Calls 'Process' District Is Using 'Flawed,' Urges Board to Reject Plan

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education joins the Sacramento Council of PTAs, Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) and Sacramento City Unified teachers in opposing the closure of eleven Sacramento City Unified School District elementary schools.
 
SCUSD may need to close schools, but the process the district is using to arrive at this decision is flawed, said the coalition in a statement released Monday.
 

Sacramento Council of PTAs Speaks Out Against SCUSD School Closures

February 12, 2013
As we perform our work on behalf of families and communities across the Sacramento City Unified School District boundaries our processes are guided in matters of policy such as school closures by California State PTA's position statements. 

Sacramento Current--School Closures:"Too many Questions, too little time."

Cosmos Garvin's must read article raises many important questions about the districts push to close "under-enrolled" schools.  The future of district bond measures is one issue that hasn't been talked about much in the debate over the closures.  Just a few months ago the district sold voters on approving  two bond measures to upgrade school facilities. The district had detailed assessments made of each site to give the public some knowledge of where the bond money would be spent. Now two months later eleven of those elementary schools are proposed for closure.

Questions and issues for discussion at the school closure meetings:

Why is the district closing schools in the light of the passage of prop 30 and the Governor's new policy initiative to change the way schools are funded?  Sac City is 73% free and reduced lunch students. It could receive an infusion of funds.
 

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